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The acclaimed author of the Kurt Wallander mysteries, writing at the height of his powers, now gives us an electrifying stand-alone global thriller.

January 2006. In the Swedish hamlet of Hesjovallen, nineteen people have been massacred. The only clue is a red ribbon found at the scene.

Judge Birgitta Roslin has particular reason to be shocked: Her grandparents, the Andrens, are among the victims, and Birgitta soon learns that an Andren family in Nevada has also been murdered. She then discovers the nineteenth-century diary of an Andren ancestor — a gang master on the American transcontinental railway — that describes brutal treatment of Chinese slave workers. The police insist that only a lunatic could have committed the Hesjovallen murders, but Birgitta is determined to uncover what she now suspects is a more complicated truth.

The investigation leads to the highest echelons of power in present-day Beijing, and to Zimbabwe and Mozambique. But the narrative also takes us back 150 years into the depths of the slave trade between China and the United States — a history that will ensnare Birgitta as she draws ever closer to solving the Hesjovallen murders.

Review:

"A massacre in the remote Swedish village of Hesjvallen propels this complex, if diffuse, stand-alone thriller from Mankell (The Pyramid). Judge Birgitta Roslin, whose mother grew up in the village, comes across diaries from the house of one of the 19 mostly elderly victims kept by Jan Andrn, an immigrant ancestor of Roslin's. The diaries cover Andrn's time as a foreman on the building of the transcontinental railroad in the United States. An extended flashback charts the journey of a railroad worker, San, who was kidnapped in China and shipped to America in 1863. After finding evidence linking a mysterious Chinese man to the Hesjvallen murders, Roslin travels to Beijing, suspecting that the motive for the horrific crime is rooted in the past. While each section, ranging in setting from the bleak frozen landscape of northern Sweden to modern-day China bursting onto the global playing field, compels, the parts don't add up to a fully satisfying whole. Author tour. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"A sweepingly ambitious tale of corruption, injustice and revenge that ranges over three continents and 140 years....Breathtakingly bold in its scope." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[D]elivers plenty of suspense and a compelling protagonist....[Mankell] shows why he remains a must-read for anyone interested in the international crime novel." Booklist

Review:

"Most compelling at the beginning and end, this sprawling novel becomes a leisurely examination of history's injustices and consequences....Mankell humanizes the earnest, even meddlesome Roslin, so that the reader can't help but wish her well." Library Journal

Review:

"Fans of Mankell's earlier Kurt Wallander mystery series will enjoy the intellectual provocations of the new book....[T]he book cements Mankell's reputation as Sweden's greatest living mystery writer." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"[T]he work of a writer with the imagination, brains, resources, and joinerly craft needed to make thoughtful, challenging, exciting, artistic novels....In its appalling, invigorating sweep, Henning Mankell's The Man from Beijing is flavored with the grating tang of time's passage itself." Philadelphia Inquirer

Synopsis:

What if you were arrested for a crime you didnt commit—but had to prove your innocence without revealing anything about the crime that you did? A thrilling new stand-alone novel from Norways Queen of Crime, “a truly great writer.” (Jo Nesbo)

Synopsis:

Riktor doesnt like the way the policeman storms into his home without even knocking. He doesnt like the arrogant way he walks around the house, taking note of its contents. The policeman doesnt bother to explain why hes there, and Riktor is too afraid to ask. He knows hes guilty of a terrible crime and hes sure the policeman has found him out.

But when the policeman finally does confront him, Riktor freezes. The man is arresting him for something totally unexpected. Riktor doesnt have a clear conscience, but the crime hes being accused of is one he certainly didnt commit. Can he clear his name without further incriminating himself?

This is a gripping, mind-bending stand-alone novel from “a truly great writer” (Jo Nesbø).

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About the Author

Henning Mankell is the prizewinning author of the Kurt Wallander mysteries, which were adapted into a PBS television series starring Kenneth Branagh. His novels have been translated into forty languages and have sold thirty million copies worldwide. He is the first winner of the Ripper Award (the new European Crime Fiction Star Award) and has also received the Glass Key and Golden Dagger awards. He divides his time between Sweden and Mozambique.

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PDXBeowulf, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by PDXBeowulf)
Interesting and fully imagined characters, fascinating local color on two continents, timely political insights--all that and a gripping mystery plot.
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Lynne Perednia, June 19, 2010 (view all comments by Lynne Perednia)
Although Henning Mankell is known primarily for his crime fiction featuring Wallender and his family in Sweden, The Man from Beijing is truly an international work of fiction. And although it begins with the discovery of a savage massacre in a remote Swedish village, this is not really crime fiction.

Instead, The Man from Beijing is a story of empire-building corruption, family ties and revenge that spans China, old Europe, new America and Africa.

A wolf looking for solitary territory is the first to discover the bodies in that Swedish village. A traveling photographer is next. The police methodically try to follow procedure to solve the crime, but it's just not the kind of situation that lends itself to by-the-book thinking. And when someone who isn't thinking inside the box comes along, her ability to find clues and make connections isn't appreciated. It doesn't matter to the police that Birgitta Roslin is a judge; she is an interference.

Her discoveries mesh with what the reader knows as the story turns to that of San. The young Chinese man begins by losing his parents and is forced to work on the railroad in the American West of the 1860s. His cruel overseer is a distant relative of descendants who will eventually be foster parents to Birgitta's mother, and the boss's diary reveals another side of the story. The reader also meets Ya Ru, a modern Chinese financier with ties to the ruling politburo and big plans rooted in the cruelties of the railroad gangs.

Mankell has put into place the makings of a terrific revenge story that spans more than 100 years. But that's not the full scope of his intent, and he pulls off his intentions brilliantly. What he chronicles in this tale of two families, subordination and revenge is the rise and fall of empires, of how the enslaved become the slaveowners and how those who once ruled will someday be the ruled. And no matter how well it is known that one's ancestors suffered, it is always possible to rationalize becoming one of the rulers, one of the colonizers, one of the empire builders.

The Man from Beijing concerns itself not only with empires, but also how an individual's philosophy can change, say, from promoting revolution to collecting wine, or how a revolutionary can appear to be the old-fashioned one. Mankell is wise enough to let his readers draw their own conclusions. He has drawn the map well for his readers and then allows them to make the journey for themselves.
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Bookwomyn, March 9, 2010 (view all comments by Bookwomyn)
I love Mankell's writing and was excited to start reading his new book. Unfortunately, for me, without Wallander in charge to manage the process and tie all the loose ends of a mystery together, the story was overly complicated for the genre. This one has too many characters, too many deaths, too many suspects, too many locations, no strong central protagonist and no real purpose. In all fairness to Mankell, the book is well written, the prose exemplary and the plot compelling. It could have been pared down or even made into two or three books but I'm not Mankell so he can do it his way. I should not diss him just because he did not put my favorite policeman in charge of this one. I'm still a fan. And I applaud him for creating a strong woman sleuth.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307271860
Author:
Mankell, Henning
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Translator:
Thompson, Laurie
Author:
Thompson, Laurie
Author:
Fossum, Karin
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20140812
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
A . . . Complex and enormously satisfying.&rdquo;<
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb

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Product details 224 pages Knopf Publishing Group - English 9780307271860 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A massacre in the remote Swedish village of Hesjvallen propels this complex, if diffuse, stand-alone thriller from Mankell (The Pyramid). Judge Birgitta Roslin, whose mother grew up in the village, comes across diaries from the house of one of the 19 mostly elderly victims kept by Jan Andrn, an immigrant ancestor of Roslin's. The diaries cover Andrn's time as a foreman on the building of the transcontinental railroad in the United States. An extended flashback charts the journey of a railroad worker, San, who was kidnapped in China and shipped to America in 1863. After finding evidence linking a mysterious Chinese man to the Hesjvallen murders, Roslin travels to Beijing, suspecting that the motive for the horrific crime is rooted in the past. While each section, ranging in setting from the bleak frozen landscape of northern Sweden to modern-day China bursting onto the global playing field, compels, the parts don't add up to a fully satisfying whole. Author tour. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "A sweepingly ambitious tale of corruption, injustice and revenge that ranges over three continents and 140 years....Breathtakingly bold in its scope."
"Review" by , "[D]elivers plenty of suspense and a compelling protagonist....[Mankell] shows why he remains a must-read for anyone interested in the international crime novel."
"Review" by , "Most compelling at the beginning and end, this sprawling novel becomes a leisurely examination of history's injustices and consequences....Mankell humanizes the earnest, even meddlesome Roslin, so that the reader can't help but wish her well."
"Review" by , "Fans of Mankell's earlier Kurt Wallander mystery series will enjoy the intellectual provocations of the new book....[T]he book cements Mankell's reputation as Sweden's greatest living mystery writer."
"Review" by , "[T]he work of a writer with the imagination, brains, resources, and joinerly craft needed to make thoughtful, challenging, exciting, artistic novels....In its appalling, invigorating sweep, Henning Mankell's The Man from Beijing is flavored with the grating tang of time's passage itself."
"Synopsis" by , What if you were arrested for a crime you didnt commit&#8212;but had to prove your innocence without revealing anything about the crime that you did? A thrilling new stand-alone novel from Norways Queen of Crime, “a truly great writer.” (Jo Nesbo)
"Synopsis" by ,
Riktor doesnt like the way the policeman storms into his home without even knocking. He doesnt like the arrogant way he walks around the house, taking note of its contents. The policeman doesnt bother to explain why hes there, and Riktor is too afraid to ask. He knows hes guilty of a terrible crime and hes sure the policeman has found him out.

But when the policeman finally does confront him, Riktor freezes. The man is arresting him for something totally unexpected. Riktor doesnt have a clear conscience, but the crime hes being accused of is one he certainly didnt commit. Can he clear his name without further incriminating himself?

This is a gripping, mind-bending stand-alone novel from “a truly great writer” (Jo Nesb&oslash;).

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